Introduction to Slander

Hello World,

In the next few weeks, I will post a series of blogs about Slander related to Freedom of Speech. I have to do this for a course in University in order to understand and go deeper into a topic of freedom of speech. To start with, I’m going to give you a little introduction to my topic. The umbrella term “defamation” includes both libel and slander. Defamation is a statement that may harm one’s status. If it is written down, it’s called “libel” whereas if its spoken its called “slander”. According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, the word “Slander” means : “The action or crime of making a false spoken statement to damaging to a person’s reputation”. From the earliest times, the concept of Slander and its punishment has been used to provide different purposes. The prohibition with no doubt constitutes the Ninth Commandment against bearing false witness against one’s neighbour, and is found in some form or another in almost every society. To emerge and or propagate lies about one’s neighbour is fundamentally and antisocial act, since it hits at the heart of the social compact by subverting trust and partnership. The basis of a back biting statement is that it is understood, or capable of being understood, as lowering the reputation of the person about whom the statement is made. As it is used in this area of the law, the word Reputation, means the esteem of a person’s character or worth in the eyes of the community. 

Thank you very much for reading, comment if you have any questions and in there will be a new post about this topic coming soon… hope you come by and read it! 

Camille

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http://www.legalzoom.com/us-law/freedom-speech/free-speech-primer-what-can

http://www.firstamendmentstudies.org/wp/libel.html

 

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The Facebook conundrum

Hey guys,

Sorry I had not blogged for a while but we had exams going on and everything was super stressful. Anyhow I have news to tell you about what we covered in class the past week. We read an article from “the Journalism School Knight Case Studies Initiative” called “The Facebook Conundrum: The New Haven Independent and the Annie Le Murder” which summarized talks about how the news go on with certain information. I will blog today tomorrow and Monday to explain to you the three main concerns of this article that drew my attention.

The article is in fact, a somewhat strange article as it is composed by many paragraphs, which are not very clear to understand, as they go back and forth quite a lot and do not accurately and shortly explain what the genuine issue is. The study actually is dull as it all only is all about Melissa Bailey who sent a friend request to Jessica Del Rocco, which is the ex-girlfriend of Raymond Clark, the murder of Annie Le. The whole excitement of this piece of writing is that because of the fact that Del Rocco accepted the friend request, they found out more information about the murder of Annie Le. It helped the police to catch Clark.

The raised questions are here, should the newspaper “The independent” guard identities or is it fine to just “scream it out” to the media directly? Personally, I must honestly say that I think it is wrong to use Social-Media or more specifically Social-Networking sites to find out more about persons as there are some privacy having to hold. I find that if you put information on social-networking sites such as about.me or LinkedIn, it is all right to go and find things to find out about these persons as they personally chose to share these for any reasons such as Job’s or University requests.

As conclusion, I think it is morally wrong to go onto social networking sites which are actually just there to keep in touch with your friends or to share things about your private life and just find out information that could harm you or others in your surrounding. What do you guys think ?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Camille  

Acuerdo “for pissed off readers”

Last week, as I was attending university, I had a great opportunity to listen to an interesting speech about a whole new concept.

Two young journalists came to talk about their new innovative idea. They are planning on doing a journalism startup. In this blog I’m going to talk about their idea and I am going to do a little critic of their presentation.

Firstly their idea is to only post major news and to go deep into certain things that the media shows and to try to uncover stories that have already been reported by big new channels such as BBC or CNN. I think this idea is great as a lot of problems today are caused by many news channels changing stories and not being honest.

These two guys want to be different than all the other journalists. They want to have quality over quantity ImageThey believe they’ll gonna bring a completely new kind of journalism to this world. 

They have a big issue though, which is collecting money, as for these kind of innovative concepts, you actually need a whole lot of money on which you can bas your work on to start something great. 

Their presentation was interesting, but sometimes difficult to understand what exactly they tried to say as they didn’t have a clear outline of things. 

To conclude, I think these guys have a really good idea which could actually work very well. They opened my eyes even more trying to make this happen as like this, I really see the issues of media otherwise. I really enjoyed it ! 

Chapter 9. Baran & Davis

Hey there, 

I have read a super interesting chapter in our mass and new media book and wanted to share it with you guys, as it caught my awareness. The chapter gives a brief idea of what media effect is : the way humans process rapid media, how we use it, how much it affects our lives and the reasons why and how we chose to read or watch certain things. 

Reading this made me want to analyse it a little further, and its exactly what I am going to do now. I’ll analyse the three most interesting parts of the reading that I observed though out the text. 

First of all, the effects of media on today’s society. Media did not play such a big role in the past, as there was no such things as mass communication. The first thing that showed us media visually and auditory at the same time. And I think that media influences us differently depending on the age, interests, generations…

Secondly, Media uses in general are also a thing I guess, based on personal interests. I think nowadays the most used source is still the television, and I personally never used the little box as a primary news source, as I am sure many people do.

And lastly, how people make use of media or media “obligates” the public. Honestly, somehow I think the media really obligates us to be there and to listen and understand, as it is the only source to being able to understand what is going on on or planet, and its the only possibility to “stay wired”. Still, I think it also has to do with personal things such as interest, how the people feel and how much time they have. 

 

Connected but alone?

Hey bloggers!

In our mass in new media class, we got to watch a so called ted talk, where a person (often professional) comes and has kind of a presentation or monologue about a topic. I will talk about it specifically, it was a young psychologist and mum called Sherry Turkle, and she came to talk about how she see’s today’s youth in the perspective of “being connected”. And by “being connected” she refers to being online talking to friends or people through a screen.

I must say, I was not always quite convinced about the things she said. She claimed that “teenagers do not have proper conversations”. Which is definitely not true, as I myself am a teenagers,and conversations are the almost most important and interesting thing in my every-day life.

The data collection she shows was not too reliable , as it was too general. I think to having the right to make a generalisation of something, you must have 100% proof that every body else on the planet has the same opinion, problem, issue, way of acting…

At the end of her speech, Turkle starts playing with emotions, and at this point I really started contemplating on the things she was saying. You know, I was born in 1995, so I also belong to this “anti-social” generation. I have had access to all these mass medium since the age of approximately 10, I would say, and even though when I was a kid I did not use them so much, I can say that on my daily basis I spend all time that I am awake with my smartphone somewhere around me. And it depends on the person, but I understand that sometimes it is difficult to focus on two things at the same time, and we are then called “unsocial”, but I guess it is just a matter of getting used to living with both, and just knowing what is more important. 

If you are interested in watching the talk of this great lady, take a look : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Xr3AsBEK4

 

Thanks for reading, have a nice evening!

Influences of media since forever

Hello people!

Television is a communication media which everybody knows and has in our days. It is a primary source for not only for news but also for educational material and in our days also entertainment

Again, in my mass and new media class, I got to read a very interesting chapter which was talking about influences of media and how it affects people. The best example for me is “growing up with television” which is a intense subject in today’s society. I guess the most important thing to talk about is the negative influence it has on our youth, our future. It has an “antisocial effect” as when watching TV you focus so much on the images that you see, that you have difficulties to listen and to know what is happening around you.

I personally, have never really been attracted to television, as when I was child I had one in my room, and I never had time or the envy to turn it on and watch a movie or anything else. Sometimes people even call me “cinematically uncultured” which might even be embarrassing.. However I think it has a positive aspect, as when someone talked to me, I was focusing and I found other activities in my everyday life to entertain myself. 

 

How framing influences media

Hello guys, 

today I am going to blog about a very special thing, which is something most people are not even aware of. It is called “framing” which is the process of choosing specific words and images to tell a story or issue, the journalist or whoever writes the article wants you to understand. Also, organising principles that are socially shared and persistent over time and that works symbollically to structure the world. It literally means that words are changed, sentences are mixed up and the meaning of what you are reading subconsciously is differently formed to make you understand what they want you to understand.  

ImageHere is a perfect example of how media can trick or manipulate peoples’ thoughts. 

To tell you the truth, I trust in the media as they help the population to understand and to be aware of what is going on in the world .